Frank White, Jr. golf tournament raises $17,000 for local charities


Two local children’s charities were the beneficiaries of a beautiful day on the golf course.

Twenty-four teams joined County Executive Frank White in the inaugural Frank White, Jr., Invitational Golf Tournament September 30 at Fred Arbanas Golf Course. The tournament, which included silent and live auctions, raised $17,000 for the charities.

A check for $8,500 was presented to the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired on Oct. 11 and another for the same amount was presented to Drumm Farm Center for Children on Oct. 12.

White said, “As a county we service so many different agencies and fund so many different agencies throughout the course of the year and it was our goal to find a couple of charities that we don’t fund through our legislative process.”

The Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired was selected because of the outstanding and important work they do with visually impaired children in Jackson County. Drumm Farm was selected because of the vital work they do to create a supportive environment and provide programs and services for children in foster care, homeless young adults and those aging out of foster care.

Nicola Heskett, Executive Director, accepted the check for CCVI during a ceremony at the center. “Thank you so much Mr. White and thank you to Jackson County. CCVI was absolutely honored to be selected as one of the recipients of your invitational golf tournament. We had a wonderful time out at the golf course and we are thrilled with this gift,” she said.

Heskett said, each year CCVI serves 300 – 350 students from birth to age five in three programs. At the children’s center campus the preschool currently serves 81 students, many of those students from Jackson County. There is also an early intervention program that goes out into the community and is serving about 130 students between the ages of birth and three.

“What is really special about CCVI is that we are a very inclusive school we have some kiddos that have some sight and we have some that have no sight at all. We also have some students that have multiple disabilities. So it is a really remarkable place. We currently have 12 students who require full scholarships to attend CCVI and these funds that you have given to us here today are going to help us be able to meet that need so that we never have to turn any child or any family away. Thank you very much we are deeply appreciative.”

CCVI Board member Robbie Makinen, who was present at the presentation, said, “CCVI is just a wonderful, wonderful place so I am very proud to be a part of this organization and really appreciate the County Executive coming forward and putting CCVI as a recipient of these funds. The stuff that we do here is just fabulous and these kids are so strong and so much fun to be around. They teach me more than I can ever teach them. So Executive White thank you so much this is really going to go a long way and we are really grateful.”

While accepting the check for Drumm Farm Executive Director Brad Smith said, “On behalf of the board the staff and families and kids at Drumm Farm we want to thank you so much. We are so honored that Frank White selected Drumm Farm. We have some connections through the years that are pretty special. He is a special man and plays a special role, so to be a part of Drumm Farm is pretty special to us. On behalf of all of Drumm we thank you so much for being a part of our challenge to meet the mission of children who are often invisible to our community and in our society.”

County Executive presents check to Children's Center for the Visually Impaired
Children's Center for the Visually Impaired

County Executive presents check to Drumm Farm Center for Children
Drumm Farm Center for Children